Purdue News

August 18, 2006

U.S.News: Purdue's undergraduate engineering, business among best

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University ranked among the top 25 public universities nationally, and its undergraduate programs in engineering and business are among the best in the country, according to U.S.News & World Report magazine rankings released today (Friday, Aug. 18).

Purdue's College of Engineering tied for eighth nationally among doctoral-granting universities, sharing the slot with Carnegie Mellon University.

The Krannert School of Management tied for 18th in the nation with four other doctoral-granting universities — Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Arizona and the University of Maryland. The Krannert School is tied for 10th among business schools at public universities.

Overall, Purdue's undergraduate programs tied with the University of Iowa for No. 25 nationally among public doctoral degree-granting universities. Purdue tied at No. 64, along with the University of Iowa and Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, among both private and public universities. The University of Notre Dame ranked No. 20 and Indiana University ranked No. 70.

"The academic programs universitywide have always had strong, well-established reputations, and we are pleased that Purdue continues to be ranked as one of the top 25 public universities in the country," said Provost Sally Mason. "It is especially rewarding to see the continued success of the College of Engineering and the Krannert School of Management.

"Hard-working, dedicated and innovative leaders and faculty can take much of the credit for the sustained excellence in both of these areas."

The top-ranked engineering undergraduate doctoral degree-granting university in the rankings was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Stanford University and the University of California-Berkeley were tied for second.

"Purdue's College of Engineering has a longstanding commitment to undergraduate education," said Leah Jamieson, who was named the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering on Aug. 2, pending approval by the Purdue board of trustees. "To be ranked among the top 10 speaks volumes about the dedication and hard work of our faculty and staff."

Purdue's engineering specialties ranked as follows:

• Industrial/manufacturing engineering, No. 2.

• Agricultural engineering, No. 4.

• Aerospace/aeronautical/astronomical, No. 4.

•Civil engineering, No. 7.

•Mechanical engineering, No. 7.

•Electrical engineering, No. 9.

•Computer engineering, No. 11.

•Materials engineering, No. 13 (tied with University of California-Santa Barbara).

•Chemical engineering, No. 13.

•The nuclear engineering specialty is ranked every other year. In last year's rankings, nuclear engineering was No. 4 (tied with University of California-Berkeley and the University of Michigan).

"We are continuing our commitment to education through our curriculum reform initiative," Jamieson said. "Called Purdue's Future Engineer, the initiative is looking at the broad range of attributes and skills that our students will need for 21st century careers."

The College of Engineering has more than 6,400 undergraduate students and more than 2,200 graduate students. U.S.News & World Report ranked Purdue's College of Engineering graduate program No. 6 in the nation last April.

Purdue University-Calumet was tied for No. 36 for best undergraduate engineering programs at institutions whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's.

In addition to Krannert's top-20 ranking, its undergraduate program also fared well in specialty rankings.

• In production/operations management, Krannert placed No. 2 behind MIT, and was the top-ranked public university.

• In quantitative analysis, it ranked No. 3 behind MIT and Carnegie Mellon and also was the top-ranked public university.

•In supply chain management/logistics, it placed No. 9.

•In management information systems, it placed No. 15.

•In management, Purdue tied at No. 24, along with Wake Forest, Case Western Reserve, Boston University and Arizona State University.

"We are pleased that the latest U.S.News rankings continue to rate the Krannert School among the best in the country," said Richard A. Cosier, Krannert School dean and Leeds Professor of Management. "A top-20 ranking places Krannert in the most prestigious tier of business schools, and that is a true reflection of the quality of our faculty, staff and students. We were particularly pleased to place in the top three in operations management and quantitative analysis, which are traditional strengths in our program."

The top undergraduate business school was the University of Pennsylvania, followed by MIT, University of California-Berkeley and the University of Michigan.

Indiana University's Kelley School of Business tied for No. 11, and the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business tied for No. 23.

The Krannert School of Management had 2,563 undergraduate students enrolled during the 2005-06 school year, majoring in management, accounting, industrial management and economics. Earlier this year, U.S.News ranked Krannert's MBA program No. 21 nationally.

Purdue also is among 13 public and private universities cited for its internship programs in the "Programs to Look For" category.

In addition, Purdue North Central is listed as one of the top comprehensive colleges in the Midwest in the "Comprehensive Colleges-Bachlelor's" rankings, which evaluates institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a wide range of programs. The campus also is cited as having one of the lowest student debt loads of any public or private comprehensive college in the Midwest.

The data for determining the nation's best institutions of higher education come from questionnaires sent to all accredited four-year colleges and universities. The magazine then determines its rankings based on several measures that fall into seven broad categories: peer assessment, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate.

The magazine bases its specialty rankings on ratings by deans and senior faculty in those disciplines at peer institutions.

Information on the rankings can be found at the U.S.News & World Report Web site. The magazine's college guidebook, "America's Best Colleges," contains a directory of more than 1,400 institutions.

The U.S.News & World Report issue ranking America's best colleges and universities will be on newsstands Monday (Aug. 21).

Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998, kmedaris@purdue.edu

Sources: Sally Mason, (765) 494-9709, sfmason@purdue.edu

Leah Jamieson, (765) 494-5346, lhj@purdue.edu

Richard A. Cosier, (765) 494-4366, rcosier@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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